Fun-loving country legend 'Little' Jimmy Dickens has died in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 94-year-old singer, who recorded the novelty hits I'm Little but I'm Loud and May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, passed away on Friday afternoon (02Jan15) after a short battle with ill health.

A Grand Ole Opry regular, DICkens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

Born in West Virginia, DICkens was the oldest of 13 children and he joined the Opry cast in 1948, a year before he enjoyed his first chart success with Take an Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait).

He also had hits with Country Boy, A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed and Out Behind the Barn, but his only number one was 1965's May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.

In his later years, DICkens became a mentor to stars like Vince Gill and Brad Paisley, who was one of the first celebrities to pay his respects upon learning of his friend's passing.

Paisley tweeted, "It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my hero and friend today. I loved you Jimmy."

Also paying tribute to Little Jimmy on Friday, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said, "The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy DICkens. He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."